The Conference of the Birds

The Conference of the Birds

Written by: Farid ud-Din Attar
Introduction by:
Translated by: Afkham Darbandi
Translated by:

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140444346
  • 240 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


Composed in the twelfth century in north-eastern Iran, Attar’s great mystical poem is among the most significant of all works of Persian literature. A marvellous, allegorical rendering of the Islamic doctrine of Sufism – an esoteric system concerned with the search for truth through God – it describes the consequences of the conference of the birds of the world when they meet to begin the search for their ideal king, the Simorgh bird. On hearing that to find him they must undertake an arduous journey, the birds soon express their reservations to their leader, the hoopoe. With eloquence and insight, however, the hoopoe calms their fears, using a series of riddling parables to provide guidance in the search for spiritual truth. By turns witty and profound, The Conference of the Birds transforms deep belief into magnificent poetry.
The Conference of the Birds

The Conference of the Birds

Written by: Farid ud-Din Attar, Introduction by: Dick Davis, Translated by: Afkham Darbandi, Translated by: Dick Davis


“This felicitous translation is a classic and reaches the widest possible audience.” — David Azzolina, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Table of Contents

The Conference of the Birds – Farid ud-Din Attar Translated with an Introduction by Afkham Darbandi and Dick Davis

The Conference of the Birds
Biographical Index